An now there are up to 5,000

An increasing number of people from developing nations are making their first car
purchases. The principle problem this causes is traffic congestion and the most viable
solution is better public transport.
The primary dilemma developing countries face when their citizens start to buy cars is
traffic jams. This is because people’s wealth has grown faster than the infrastructure
and this means that roads that were built for bikes or a limited number of cars are
suddenly clogged with a line of vehicles during peak times. The result of this is people
getting stuck in traffic for a prolonged period of time during rush hour and also pollution
of the atmosphere while cars run idly. For example, most roads in Ho Chi Minh City
were built to carry bikes only, but now there are up to 5,000 new cars added to the
streets a month and it now takes up to half an hour to travel one kilometre within the city
A solution to this problem is to build a sustainable public transport system. This could
solve the problem by taking most people off the roads and onto either an underground
train or a train that runs above the road. As traffic problems increase, most people will
become frustrated and decide to either sell their car or only use it when absolutely
necessary. This is why Ho Chi Minh City is currently building their first metro line and
sky train, similar to Bangkok’s; and they are projected to reduce journey times by up to